Receiver Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Lainie*H, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. Lainie*H

    Lainie*H Auditioning

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    Hello all! I am new to Home Theater, and I want to get my husband a nice receiver for Christmas. I've been reading here a lot and it seems like separates is the way to go. So... we are running now:

    Receiver: really old Fisher RS-911
    Pioneer speakers ? model (they are 2 ft. tall, 14" wide)
    SA cable box
    TiVo
    Sony PS2
    Sony DVD
    Sony VCR

    My husband has had the speakers and receiver for a looooong time. So what's a good start? Budget is
     
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    Yeah, I agree with john in his second post... do a bit of research, and peice together a system... it'll sound much better than buying a HT in a Box... there have been several threads recently about people looking for a HT around that price range...
     
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    everything looks good on the second suggestion except the klh sub. i had to return two of these because the auto on/off feature didn't work. also the first one had a buzzing sound that would emitt from the cone. the sony would be a better buy. i listened to the sony and it can really pour on the sound. very good choice for the money.
     
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    Lainie*H Auditioning

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    Thanks you guys for the suggestions. This will be an awesome Christmas gift! Any other ideas are welcome!
     
  7. John S

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    Yes, after reading some reviews, get the Sony Sub!!!!
    At that price, and for the stark contrast in reviews, definetly get the Sony Sub.

    12" Sub, is really the minimum I would suggest. That is the only real down side of the Onkyo HTIB really.
    8" sub, with a rated 100w x 5 reciever, not a good match.


    I wish I could see his face when he gets the setup from Santa!!!!!
     
  8. Bill Will

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    You might also want to consider Fluance Speakers Model AV-HTB which can be had for $250 delivered & have gotten some really good reviews for the price. The set includes 2 front Tower Speakers, a Large Center Speaker & 2 Small Surround Speakers.www.fluance.comI would then add the Sony Sub-Woofer to the mix.
     
  9. Bob McElfresh

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    Lainie - In my early days (and even now) my HT system was put together 1 device per year. A VCR, TV, Receiver, Speakers, DVD player - took 5 years.

    It's a bit over budget, but Good Guys was selling last years model of Yamaha RX-V3300 for $599. This thing was selling for $1200-$1500 last year. Heck of a deal.

    Speakers: the important thing about speakers is to get them to match. I just put together a system for my mother that consisted of:

    - 5 M&K K5 speakers. Scratch & Dent price: $240
    - Home Theater Direct Sub III: $200 from a seller on Craigslist
    - My old Yamaha 793 receiver

    So for about $450 she now has a very good sounding HT system. I realize used equipment does not sound like much of a gift, but it just illustrates that you DONT need lots of $$ to make a great system.
     

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